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From Pete LeClair — Ollie


Pete LeClair

Pete LeClair’s Projects

Pete LeClair’s Ollie



Pete LeClair is a well-known carv­er and teacher, author of three carv­ing books and a mem­ber of the Car­i­ca­ture Carvers of Amer­i­ca. You may learn more about Pete at his page on the CCA web site. Be sure to tour the rest of the CCA pages when you have a moment. In addi­tion, you may email Pete at pet­ele­clair AT Pho­tos copy­right 2001 — 2018 by Pete LeClair.

This pat­tern may be copied for indi­vid­ual use only; repro­duc­tion for resale is pro­hib­it­ed with­out express writ­ten per­mis­sion.

From “Ol’ Don’s” Drawing Table

From “Ol’ Don” Drawing Table

Ol’ Don” Burgdorf presents Love Spoon

To print the pat­tern, click here; the pat­tern will open in a new win­dow, and should print on 8.5 x 11 paper. For Print­ing Hints, click here.

Ol’ Don” Burgdorf is a carv­er and artist from Hohen­wald, TN.  Don’s fea­ture “Doo­dles ‘n Notes for Carvin’ Folks” appears reg­u­lar­ly in Chip Chats, and his pat­terns are now found in each issue of WOM and in past issues of Carv­ing Mag­a­zine.  Some of Don’s “Chat­ter­ing Chip­pers” pat­terns can also be seen at the Woodcarver’s Porch pat­tern page.

Copy­right 2011–2018 “Ol’ Don” Burgdorf. This Pat­tern may be copied for indi­vid­ual use; repro­duc­tion for resale is pro­hib­it­ed with­out express writ­ten per­mis­sion.

January-February 2018 WOM

Welcome to Woodcarver Online Magazine

1st in Group E — Car­i­ca­tures — 1st in Class 505 — Com­bin­ing of two or more Group E Sub­jects

Mau­rice Van­der Walle Memo­r­i­al Award — Group E and the CCA Spe­cial Mer­it Award

But Ye Said ‘Twas A Tea Par­ty

Rusty John­son, Tul­sa, OK


Hel­lo, Friends in Carv­ing -

Wel­come to the start of Year 22 for Wood­carv­er Online Mag­a­zine.  It’s some­times hard to believe it’s been that long since Bill Judt launched the first edi­tion of World Wide Wood­carv­er Ezine, which lat­er became Wood­carv­er Online Mag­a­zine,  back in 1997.  We will be revis­it­ing some of the arti­cles from those ear­ly years in the com­ing months.   In addi­tion, you can look for­ward to pho­to gal­leries from Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carvers Con­gress ’17,  2017 CCA Car­i­ca­ture Carv­ing Com­pe­ti­tion, and  2017 Artistry in Wood.  

In this issue:

  • Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carvers Con­gress 2017 Pho­to Gal­leries
  • Carv­ing the 1940 Water­front Scene
  • Pete LeClair: Quigley’s Cousin Archie
  • Ol’ Don’s Draw­ing Table: Clown­in’ Around
  • Update to Events, Hap­pen­ings and Goings-On

As always, we wel­come your feed­back, ideas for arti­cles, etc.  Please use the con­tact form on the About page in the menu bar above.  Please sup­port our spon­sors;  just click any of the links in the right menu bar.



Pho­to by Marc Feath­er­ly at IWC ’14

Matt Kel­ley


International Woodcarvers Congress 2017 Winner Galleries

International Woodcarvers Congress 2017 — Group B — Relief Carving

1st in Class 204 — Animals, Birds, Fish, etc.

Escape From Sand Creek Canyon

Kirt Cur­tis, Mar­i­on, IA


As always, assem­bling the pho­to gallery for the Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carv­er Con­gress Win­ners is the great­est amount of work of any sin­gle arti­cle in WOM.  The 2017 IWC Gallery was no excep­tion.   This edi­tion has some 248 pho­tos (twice that num­ber if you count the thumb­nails) includ­ing some of the best carv­ings you will see any­where.  In the win­ner gal­leries you’ll find 130 of pho­tog­ra­ph­er Marc Feath­er­ly’s excel­lent stu­dio pho­tos of the win­ners at IWC 2017, includ­ing more pho­tos of the Best of Show win­ner.

In addi­tion to the gallery of the prize-win­ning carv­ings, you’ll also find Marc’s can­did pho­tos from the Class­es, Award Ban­quet, the Judges, the Show floor, and oth­er pho­tos around and about dur­ing Con­gress.

As always, the thumb­nail pho­tos in the winner’s gallery are click­able, and when clicked will take you to much larg­er ver­sions of these great carv­ings.  (Much larg­er then you’ll see in any paper pub­li­ca­tion.)  The large pho­tos will afford you the oppor­tu­ni­ty to real­ly look at the win­ners in detail.

To vis­it the gal­leries, in the menu bar above click on WOM, then on The Gal­leries menu item, or click HERE.   Enjoy!

1940 Waterfront Scene

A Project of the Central Massachusetts Caricature Carvers Club, Fitchburg, MA

By Edsel L. John­son

The 1940 Water­front Scene was an inspi­ra­tion that came about from Pete LeClair.  He was inter­est­ed in a scene cen­tered around a nau­ti­cal theme.  Since the club meets at two dif­fer­ent sites each week, one on Tues­day night and a Thurs­day morn­ing with a total of 20 indi­vid­ual carvers, a great degree of coor­di­na­tion was need­ed.  The scene had to be erect­ed and dis­as­sem­bled numer­ous times in the course of the four and one half months until it came to fruition.

It was fin­ished in time for the Spir­it of Wood con­test last Octo­ber, spon­sored by the New Eng­land Wood­carvers, which was held at the Mid­dle­sex Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege, Bed­ford MA.

The Water­front Scene took First Place as a group project, best­ing the oth­er entry, a build­ing scene.  The New Eng­land Pier is filled with char­ac­ters of all descrip­tions.  The Fall sea­son­al back­drop set off the build­ings that loom over the water and dock.

Carvers who won the group prize includ­ed Pete LeClair, Scott Arse­nault, Rick Boy­er, Bob Guay, Pete Tomasel­lo, Frank Des­or­bo, Gail Han­sche-Godin, Top Siat, John Lussier, Mandy Thibault, Len Hill, Ger­ald Kottman, Gary Fil­i­ault, Edsel John­son, Bill Manser, Ed Laetz, Nor­ma Jean Quinn, Lynne Read­on, Joe Read­on, Frank Quinn, Ron Roth and Ernie Char­p­en­tier.

November-December 2017 WOM

Welcome to Woodcarver Online Magazine

Christ­mas Is Com­ing

By Car­ol Leavy

Hel­lo, Friends in Carv­ing -

Wel­come to final 2017 edi­tion of Wood­carv­er Online Mag­a­zine.  It has been a busy year, with lots com­ing up next year, includ­ing the pho­to gal­leries from Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carvers Con­gress ’17 and the 2017 CCA Car­i­ca­ture Carv­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.  

In this issue:

  • San­ta and Friends Gallery 2017
  • Anchor­ing Work Hold­ers
  • Pete LeClair: Carv­ing On The Cor­ner
  • Ol’ Don’s Draw­ing Table: Tooth­pick Temptress
  • Update to Events, Hap­pen­ings and Goings-On

As always, we wel­come your feed­back, ideas for arti­cles, etc.  Please use the con­tact form on the About page in the menu bar above.  Please sup­port our spon­sors;  just click any of the links in the right menu bar.



Pho­to by Marc Feath­er­ly at IWC ’14

Matt Kel­ley


2017 Santa And Friends Gallery


Welcome to the 2017 Santa And Friends Photo Gallery.   

This is the six­th­teenth annu­al San­ta Gallery, and as always,  I am pleased by the vari­ety and qual­i­ty of the carv­ings includ­ed.  Tip ‘o the hat to all those who sub­mit­ted carv­ings, and a reminder for every­one else to plan on par­tic­i­pat­ing in the gallery in 2018.  To vis­it the 2017 Gallery click HERE, or click on WOM in the menu above, then click on WOM Gal­leries.

San­ta With Blue Swirl Hat by Brad Tyler

Thanks to Tim Berry for use of his San­ta Carv­ings sign.


Securing Work Holders

Doubt­less many of you, like me, have accu­mu­lat­ed var­i­ous work hold­ers over the years.  Because I may use one work hold­er on one carv­ing, a dif­fer­ent one on the next and no hold­er on a third, I have always been reluc­tant to drill holes in my work bench to screw down any par­tic­u­lar device.  As a result, I have screwed the work hold­ers to boards, and then clamped the board to the bench with hold downs and bar clamps.  

The only prob­lem is that even the hold downs and clamps could not safe­ly hold the board in place once I start­ed whal­ing on a carv­ing with mal­let and gouges.  Stop­ping to re-secure every dozen whacks on the work piece did not lend itself to a smooth work­flow, so an alter­na­tive solu­tion was need­ed.


First, I decid­ed to uti­lize the exist­ing bench dog holes, rather than drilling any addi­tion­al holes in the bench.  Final­ly a pos­si­ble answer dawned.   Some years back I pur­chased sev­er­al iron clamp­ing han­dles to use with a home-made carv­ing arm.   With the addi­tion of sev­er­al car­riage bolts and over­sized wash­ers a solu­tion was at hand.  

I drilled holes in the mount­ing boards spaced to match the bench dog holes, then drove the car­riage bolts through the boards and through the bench dog holes.   With the addi­tion of the wash­ers and clamp­ing han­dles the prob­lem was solved.

The real test was need­ed!  Out came the mal­let and gouges.  I am hap­py to report that the solu­tion worked well.  The work hold­er hard­ly shift­ed at all, sav­ing time and allow­ing safer work­flow.  The car­riage bolts and clamp­ing han­dles also worked well on a dif­fer­ent style of work hold­er.



It looks like the bolts and clamp­ing han­dles will work pret­ty well with just about any work hold­er you can mount on a sol­id board!

Just a note:  There may be sev­er­al sources for the cast iron han­dle, but I have con­firmed they are avail­able from The Wood­craft Shop.  They are list­ed on their web site as “Cast Iron Han­dle for Carv­ing Arm — 3/8” x 16 Thread” at $5.95 each.

September-October 2017 WOM


Welcome to Woodcarver Online Magazine

Orna­ment for CCA eBay Sale 2017

CCA Mem­ber Jim His­er, Carlisle, PA

Hel­lo, Friends in Carv­ing -

Wel­come to Sep­tem­ber-Octo­ber 2017 edi­tion of Wood­carv­er Online Mag­a­zine.  This issue could be sub-titled the Car­i­ca­ture Carvers of Amer­i­ca Issue, as there is lots of CCA news to share.

In this issue:

  • Call For Pho­tos — San­ta and Friends Gallery 2017
  • CCA eBay Orna­ment Sale 2017
  • Pho­to Gallery - CCA 2017 Orna­ment Sale 
  • CCA Sem­i­nar 2018
  • W3E Secret Pal at CCA Sem­i­nar 2017
  • Pete LeClair: Cousin Alfie
  • Ol’ Don’s Draw­ing Table: Play­ful Pup
  • Update to Events, Hap­pen­ings and Goings-On

As always, we wel­come your feed­back, ideas for arti­cles, etc.  Please use the con­tact form on the About page in the menu bar above.  Please sup­port our spon­sors;  just click any of the links in the right menu bar.



Pho­to by Marc Feath­er­ly at IWC ’14

Matt Kel­ley


Call for Photos: Santa Gallery ’17


San­ta Carv­ing sign by Tim Berry

The Annu­al San­ta & Friends Gallery will once again grace the pages of November/December issue of WOM. You are invit­ed to sub­mit pho­tos of favorite San­tas, elves, or oth­er sea­son­al item you’ve carved in the last 24 months.

Sub­mis­sions should be sent to womed­i­torATcom­castDOTnet; alter­nate­ly, you may send a link to a gallery such as Flickr that stores files at their orig­i­nal size.  Please sub­mit large, high qual­i­ty pho­tos, prefer­ably shot against a light or neu­tral back­ground.  

Please include the fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion with your high qual­i­ty pho­tos:

Title of Carv­ing

Size (approx)



About the design:

  • From your own design?
  • Carved in a class led by …
  • Inspired by a design by …
  • From a rough out by …
  • From a pat­tern by …
  • Etc …

 Sub­mis­sions due no lat­er than Novem­ber 15


Ques­tions, queries, posers? Send email to womed­i­torATcom­castDOTnet